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Desert and oases

Ksar Ghilane

Ksar Ghilane




Huge sand dunes and green oases are among those images that invites great number of foreigners to travel into the interior of Tunisia. And while Tunisia has just this, it is more of a challenge to find than many are aware of.
Most oases are not just like the great photos and movie scenes depict; green palms ending in an orange sand dune. And the desert is as a rule not made of sand dunes, rather rocky, barren ground. Most oases begin where that boring landscape ends, and the outskirts of an oasis sees poor agricultural land of few palms and greyish vegetation.
But there are some fine exceptions. The route southwest of Douz offers several beautiful oases, and the inhbatable belt north of Chott el-Jerid has the large oases of Tozeur and Nefta. At several spots, the image most visitors come searching for is just there.
Exploring the desert, beyond where any road can bring, is becoming more and more popular. Many tour operators offer now camel trips, or trips by 4WD. The pearl of any such trip, is out to Ksar Ghilane, the most isolated oasis of Tunisia, set in a landscape of real sand dunes.

By Tore Kjeilen